District of DeBonis: d.c


Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/08/2014

D.C. Council will not resurrect attorney general election

Council members balk at plan to put top legal office on November ballot.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, Politics

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 10/16/2012

D.C. Council is sued after refusing to disclose members’ e-mails

A group of transparency advocates is challenging the council's policy of not sharing work-related e-mails sent or received on personal accounts.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:46 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, Politics, Transparency

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 10/16/2012

Jim Graham and the changing art of the political deal

Graham's likely to escape major sanctions for breaking Metro's conflict of interest rules. But the report may change the culture of the D.C. Council.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, Politics, Power

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Catania wants more transparency in D.C. finance audits

The D.C. Council member wants to go above and beyond CFO Natwar Gandhi's new promises of transparency.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:42 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, OCFO, Politics

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Michael Brown says he’s not a target of campaign probe

Federal prosecutors, however, won't confirm Brown's claims.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:48 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, DCision 2012, Politics

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Another delay for H Street/Benning Road streetcar line

A neighborhood’s move to block plans could add 90 days, or more, to the current estimated opening date.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:29 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, Politics, Transportation

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Jack Evans will recess tax office hearing to attends Nats game

"It's the first playoff game in Washington since 1933!" the sports-loving D.C. Council member explained.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:12 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, Sports

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 10/09/2012

D.C.’s unique brand of bipartisanship

Only in D.C. would a Republican candidate endorse her Democratic foe.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:18 AM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, DCision 2012

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Blame empty D.C. homeless shelter beds on the ‘fiscal cliff’

Uncertainty over federal spending cuts means about 120 available shelter space is going unused.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:57 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, Money, Poverty

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Yvette Alexander vs. Ron Moten: Round 1

The Ward 7 incumbent and her feisty challenger kept things mostly civil. But there were a few fun exchanges.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:09 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, DCision 2012

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Eleanor Holmes Norton less than enthused about new budget autonomy tactic

Norton issued a statement giving something well short of an endorsement of the referendum strategy being pushed by the D.C. Council.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:46 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, Eleanor Holmes

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Corporate tax breaks can pay off for D.C.

A look at economic development financing deals show they have worked more often than not.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:31 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 05/10/2012

How D.C. Ward 5 is voting so far

The patterns hew, for the most part, to my earlier observations: For votes, go north.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:10 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Rogue contractor hangs nonstandard street signs!

Signs on the southwest corner of North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue are not an approved design.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:45 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Robert Bobb to chair Youth Trust involved in Harry Thomas, Jr. case

The sentencing of Harry Thomas Jr. wasn’t the only recent move in the city’s slow lurch past the scandal. Robert Bobb has been named to chair the trust involved in the case.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:26 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harry Thomas Jr., Robert Bobb, D.C. city government

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 05/02/2012

D.C. bills dead man’s family $600,000 for care it failed to properly monitor

The city sends a bill for the care of Curtis Suggs, even though a judge ruled it had been negligent and contributed to Suggs’s 2000 death.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:01 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Censure Marion Barry, says former AG Peter Nickles

Peter Nickles said Barry’s comments on Asians require a serious response.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:57 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marion Barry, D.C. city government

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Graham no longer keen on Sunday liquor store sales

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is instead proposing a six-cent-per-drink tax increase.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:46 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government, Jim Graham

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 04/30/2012

D.C. ethics board nominees have been identified, Gray aide says

But council member wants to strip mayor of some power to name board members.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:46 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Higher D.C. cab fares might take a while

It could be weeks before all D.C. taxi cabs are charging new, higher fares, city taxi regulators say.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:55 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Want a giant D.C. government health care contract?

A D.C. health agency begins the process of rebidding health care business that helped make Jeffrey Thompson a rich man.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:54 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeffrey Thompson, D.C. city government

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Taxi sting hero goes to the ballgame

Heretofore, the city had given Leon Swain ”not even a pat on the back” for his service.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government, Leon Swain, David Catania

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Lessons from Marion Barry’s anti-Asian comments

Virginia Del. Mark L. Keam offers some perspective on Barry’s controversial remarks.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:49 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marion barry, d.c.

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Pete Ross’s riches aren’t just from furniture

Ross has not volunteered to discuss an inheritance from wealthy parents providing him with at least $350,000 a year.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:18 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government, Peter Ross

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/29/2012

D.C. Council can’t escape politics of pay raises

Rather than wade into the pay-hike minefield two or three times a decade, council members now have to do so yearly.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:44 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. council, D.C. city government

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Mayor’s son Carlos Gray once worked for Thompson firm

Carlos Gray is one of several ancillary political figures who have been employed by the embattled businessman.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:39 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vincent Gray, D.C. city government

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Harry Thomas Jr. resumes paying D.C. back

Thomas has made a new payment toward his $300,000 settlement over diverting taxpayer funds to his own bank account.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:31 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harry Thomas Jr., D.C. city government, D.C. Council

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Tom Brown moves to unite Ward 7 opposition

A rally today featured D.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO and AFL-CIO Metro Labor Council president.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Bowser wants halt to new ‘red top’ parking meters

The Ward 4 council member is displeased with a recent change to how the city treats parking for disabled drivers.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:25 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Parking, D.C. city government, Muriel Bowser, Disabled

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 03/12/2012

DC.gov Web site gets high marks for transparency

To commemorate Sunshine Week, one g

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:41 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike DeBonis, D.C. government, Freedom of Information

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Harriet Tregoning and the ‘fly-by-our-pants city of doom’

There are some fascinating political tidbits in Washington City Paper’s profile of the city planning director.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:48 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Vincent Gray addresses federal raids, investigation

The mayor reiterated he had no knowledge of illicit campaign activities, including the use of money orders and cash.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vincent Gray. D.C. city government

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Gray says revenue projection is ‘unrealistically low’

In an unusual and possibly unprecedented move, the mayor pushed back on the independent CFO’s revenue numbers.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:05 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government, Vincent Gray, Natwar Gandhi

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 02/03/2012

President Obama gets a DCFD T-shirt

POTUS might have inadvertently waded in a hot-button local political controversy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:50 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Fire, D.C. government

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Internet gambling rejected by D.C. Council panel

The 3-2 vote of the Finance and Revenue Committee came after about a half-hour of discussion.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:17 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  internet gambling, d.c. gambling

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Sign up for summer jobs soon, D.C. officials urge

The program does not begin until June 25, but enrollment is underway and will be limited.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  d.c. summer jobs, youth employment program

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 01/26/2012

D.C. taxicab service garners low opinions, survey finds

Taxi riders take a remarkably dismal view of the District’s cab industry, with more than three-quarters rating service as “fair” or “poor.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:20 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DC taxi cabs, taxi cabs